train derailment

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reopened all lanes of a highway in Louisville at the site where a train derailed. A statement from the agency says all lanes of Dixie Highway were reopened early Tuesday after work that required having lanes closed was completed.

Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for homes near an area where crews are cleaning up after a train derailed. The Courier-Journal reports that residents were allowed to return to their homes Thursday night and that Dixie Highway, which had been closed, was reopened.

Authorities are ordering a second round of evacuations near the site of a train derailment in Louisville as work begins to remove hazardous chemicals from some of the cars. Officials said Monday the latest evacuation will only affect a fraction of the area included in an evacuation almost two weeks ago that sent hundreds from their homes after a chemical fire erupted at the site.

The continuing cleanup work at West Point following the train derailment will require reclosing US 31W. Emergency officials plan on initiating this phase of cleanup beginning Tuesday, November 13th. Detours will be in place as before, with motorists using KY 313 (Joe Prather Highway) as a detour on the south side of the closure and I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) as a detour on the north side of the closure.

The Courier-Journal and AP are reporting that Dixie Highway, which has been closed for a week in southwest Louisville because of a disastrous train derailment and chemical fire, will reopen by 6 a.m Tuesday, officials said at a Monday morning press conference.

Evacuations have been lifted and homeowners are being allowed back into the town of West Point four days after a chemical fire started at the site of a train derailment. The Louisville mayor's office said in a release Sunday that two rail tank cars containing hydrogen fluoride were moved and stabilized and all restrictions have been lifted, including a 1.2-mile evacuation zone and a shelter-in-place restriction for anyone within five miles of the site.

Crews are continuing efforts to move tanker cars near a chemical fire at the site of a train derailment in Louisville. Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan said Saturday that some cars have already been moved away from the site, but workers decided to delay relocating tankers containing the dangerous chemical hydrogen fluoride until debris from the derailment could be cleaned up.

Roger Jacobs left behind a warm bed, clean clothes and his dog Zoey when a chemical fire from a derailed tanker car in Kentucky forced him from his apartment. On Friday, the 50-year-old West Point man was still wearing the same clothes he left with three days ago. He wondered if Zoey, a Labrador-mix, had enough water, though his father has been able to make brief daily visits to check on her.

Emergency workers in Kentucky were increasingly confident that fire crews had contained a blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car, allowing them to focus on untangling other stricken rail cars loaded with toxic chemicals nearby.

Update at 11:15am:

Authorities in Kentucky say a fire at the site of a train derailment is expected to continue burning throughout the day. Officials had initially said that the fire, fueled by a pressurized chemical that was being carried by a railcar, would burn itself out within two hours. However, Doug Hamilton with Metro Louisville Emergency Management says the fire is expected to continue burning through the day Thursday.